Recap: The Devils were thoroughly outplayed while losing to the Kings on Monday night at the Prudential Center.
Need to Know: While out-shooting the Devils 16 to 3 in the first period, the Kings took a 2-0 lead on goals by Andrej Sekera and Tyler Toffoli.
With 2:12 gone by in the second, Scott Gomez found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Kings got their two-goal lead back when Anze Kopitar scored on a rebound just over five minutes into the third period. The Devils didn’t have many chances after as they lost their second straight game.
Cory Schneider made 30 saves in the defeat.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils head to Washington, D.C. to take on the Capitals on Wednesday night at 7.
Devils captain Bryce Salvador hasn’t played since Nov. 10 because of a season-ending back injury, but as far as the team is concerned, he’s still their captain (Fire and Ice, March 22).
In 2003-04 when former Devils captain Scott Stevens was sidelined with concussion symptoms, the team quickly handed the C to Scott Niedermayer. Stevens ended up never playing another NHL game, but coach Lou Lamoriello said he hadn’t even thouth about the 2003-04 situation with Salvador.
But, with Salvador in the final season of his contract and unlikely to be back next year, the Devils are still standing behind him. To read more of this story, click here
Recap: The Devils couldn’t get much going against the Islanders getting shut out 3-0 at home on Saturday night.
Need to Know: The Devils took 26 shots against Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Islanders’ Ryan Strome scored in the first period, then added two more in the third period to beat the Devils. Travis Harmonic and Kyle Okposo also scored.
Links: Gameview | Recap
The Devils have recalled forwards Reid Boucher and Stefan Matteau from Albany of the AHL for Saturday nights game against the Islanders. Patrik Elias is questionable with back spasms.
The pair were recalled under emergency conditions and could be sent back down if not needed before the game. The pair were at the morning skate at the Prudential Center (Gulitti, March 20)
Recap: Steve Bernier scored two second-period goals to give him 100 for his career and lead the visiting Devils.
Need to Know: The Devils swept the season series from the Sabres for the first time in 17 years. . .The Devils are 8-1-2 against Buffalo since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Keith Kinkaid (28 saves) lost his shutout with 8:20 remaining on Matt Moulson’s power-play goal. Kinkaid improved to 5-4-3 this season and has won three of his past four starts.
The Devils are 10-3-2 in their last 15 games, but still 10 points behind Boston for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. . .New Jersey is 25-1-2 when leading after two periods.
Jordin Tootoo scored in the third period. . .Scott Gomez and Adam Henrique had assists on both Bernier goals.
Gomez had 357 assists and 479 points with the Devils. He’s seven behind Scott Niedermayer for second all-time on the team’s all-time assist list and 41 behind Kirk Muller for second all-time on the points list.
Patrik Elias hasn’t scored in his last 11 games and has been held without a point in four straight at Buffalo.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils host the slumping Islanders Saturday (7 p.m.).
With an off day on Wednesday, a few of the New Jersey Devils stopped by the Ironbound Recreation Center on to visit students from Hockey in Newark, a youth hockey program offering year-round on ice opportunities (NJ.com, March 18).
“It was really cool to have professionals actually here,” 16-year-old Gabe Dos Santos said. “It was awesome.”
Among the visiting Devils was goaltender Cory Schneider, who was impressed by the energy and excitement of the kids on the ice.
“Sometimes you lose track of that when you get to the highest level,” Schneider said. To read more of this story, click here